The ACB will relaunch the Afghanistan Premier League between December and January.
Originally, the second season of the Afghanistan Premier League was postponed amid COVID-19. Now, the Afghanistan Cricket Board is planning to relaunch the franchise-based T20 tournament by December or January.
As per ACB’s interim CEO Nazim Zar Abdulrahimzai, ‘We are looking forward to launch it (APL) in late December or first January. We are looking to have the franchises and we will have the franchises we will be pulling carpet that we can do it and we are trying that’.
‘We have a meeting with them in the coming few days and after that we will be able to inform everyone about the tentative dates but we are hopeful to host it in the coming days’, he added.
Aside from COVID-19, the APL has been postponed due to financial problems. Snixer Sports, the company which was supposed to acquire the right to host the tournament, happened to miss the scheduled payments for the first edition. As a result, they have been removed from their position as an organizer by the ACB.
Aside from talking to the franchise teams about the relaunch of the league, ACB will also have to face the lawsuit which had been filed by Snixer who claims $15 million for their terminated contract. The lawsuit had been filed as the company claimed to not have violated any terms and conditions with the ACB.
In response, ACB's cricket operator manager Menhaj Raz refuted Snixer’s claims by saying, ‘We have terminated the contract of Snixer because of material breach as they were not able to do the payment. What we have done is based on contract and we claim the same amount as per contract. They failed according to contract. The decision will be announced by the arbitrator of course’.
The relaunch of the tournament is expected to be hosted in UAE where the inaugural season was also held. To learn more about why cricket leagues are important, check out Betwala.
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